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#7287 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider Corsa "Balena" (1941) Louwman Museum

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Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider Corsa Sperimentale "Balena" (1941) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)

Alfa Romeo is an Italian premium car manufacturer famous for its line-up of luxury sport vehicles. The individual parts of this car were found in a bedroom in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the 1980s. It is the last of the 8C 2900-series, Alfa Romeo's fastest and most powerful pre-war sports and racing car.
This "Balena" (whale) was an experimental, streamlined model with a 180-HP engine developed by Gioacchino Colombo. He would later become famous as the designer of the legendary twelve- cylinder Ferrari engine. This Alfa was raced by Carlos Pérez de Villa from 1949 to 1951 in Argentina. The first eleven 8C 2900-series cars were used exclusively for racing by Scuderia Ferrari. These were types 8C 2900A, which took the first three places in the Mille Miglia of 1936, as well as winning the Spa-Francorchamps 24-hours race of that year. Alfa Romeo repeated the Mille Miglia-triumph in the two following years, in 1938 with the 8C 2900B. The Tipo B had an extremely rigid chassis, independent front suspension and rear swing axles, enabling it to corner at very high speeds. It was therefore a true 'super sports car'.

The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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